SUMMARY: X server won't start

From: David W. Blaine (
Date: Fri Jun 18 1999 - 16:51:52 CDT

Lots of people responded with checking permissions on /tmp. I didn't mentioned
it earlier but the permissions are correct. What I found out is vxfs filesystems
does not support the creation of sockets (/tmp/.X11-unix/X0, which is a socket,
is never created). Recreating the filesystem as ufs works ok.

BTW, for the person who stated that /tmp is swap, you are totally wrong. This is
a very common misconception. /tmp normally is mounted as tmpfs which is memory.
It is not a fixed size. It shrinks/grows as needed. Swap is device or filesystem
swap (however, you have it defined) which is on disk. Swap is always a fixed
size; it doesn't dynamically shrink and grow like tmpfs.

Thanks for all the quick responses.

David Blaine (
Computer Systems Engineer
Phone: 810-825-7650
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Hi Sun gurus:

We have a E5000 recently upgraded to Solaris 2.6 with the latest recommended and
y2k patches installed. After noticing memory allocation errors on several user
applications and not finding a problem with swap or memory, we decided to
convert /tmp from tmpfs to a disk filesystem (vxfs). Once this was completed and
the system rebooted, the X server wouldn't start so the CDE login screen
wouldn't display. I thought I saw a recent message on this problem but couldn't
find it in sunsolve, sun-managers archive or faq. Could someone help?!

David Blaine (
Computer Systems Engineer
Phone: 810-825-7650

P.S. We are still experiencing memory allocation problems. We feel that we might
have stumbled onto a Solaris 2.6 memory leak (since the same applications,
memory, swap size and system running Solaris 2.5.1 does not have the problem).
Any ideas on this problem would also be appreciated.

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